Thirteen young scientists tell us why they chose to study science. Fun, friendship, creativity and insatiable curiosity are common themes
Many scientists return to the MBL summer after summer to teach or do research. When we asked why, their answers included words like “recharge”, “magical”, “ inspire”, “interact”, “connections”, “learn”, and “life changing”. Clearly the MBL, and similar institutions that bring scientists together, impact researchers’ lives long after the summer sun has set.
Why do YOU do science? Four students and post-doctoral fellows tell us what they find inspiring and fun about doing science.
Dedicated to Louis Agassiz
Associate Director of the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, Jennifer Morgan, speaks about her early experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the impact that the institution has made upon her career.
Professor of the History of Science (Emeritus) at Harvard University, Everett Mendelsohn, tells about his early experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory, as a student in the Embryology Course in 1955. Mendelsohn recounts meetings with Clifford Grobstein, John Trinkaus, George Wald, and others in the Woods Hole community, and through the Embryology Course.
Professor of Biology (Emeritus) at Louisiana State University, Earl Weidner, speaks about his early experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory and some of the scientists that he has met in his time there.
Retired research professor at the University of Connecticut, Hans Laufer, describes his early days and research at the Marine Biological Laboratory
Former Director of the MBL Library, Cathy Norton, discusses how she came to the MBL, the role of the library in the history of the MBL, and how the MBL library changed over her time there.
Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University, Manfred Laubichler, speaks about his first experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory
Lincoln Professor of Ethics at Arizona State University, Jason Robert, speaks about his earliest experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the impact that the institution has made on his career.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) at NYU, Gerald Weissmann, discusses his early years at the MBL and the impact that the institution has made on his personal and professional life.